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Election Preview: Primary 2022 - Contra Costa County Supervisor District 4 - YouTube  

Candidates: Debora Allen, Roxanne Garza, Edi Bursan, Ken Carlson, Carlyn Obringer, Moderator: Bon Butler, KCBS Radio


WTF California

On this episode of WTF California, we chat with Debora Allen who is running for Contra Costa County in District 4. She aims to take her common-sense leadership to Contra Costa County, like she has done with Bay Area Rapid Transit. We get into why she is running, message to business owners, public safety and more.

East County Today, January 27, 2022 


Print/Online News

Contra Costa supervisor candidates reflect on their role 

April 26, 2022

"Contra Costa County supervisors are responsible for the efficient operation of all county government services and programs. They shape public policy and establish priorities to ensure all residents receive essential services needed to maintain quality of life. They oversee a $4 billion annual budget.

Supervisors have broad powers of appointment to their own advisory committees, as well as other important boards and commissions like the pension board, assessment appeals board, health services and planning commission.

Supervisors represent Contra Costa’s interests on other regional, local and state policy-making boards to shape policy covering a broad range of issues affecting our county, including transportation, the environment, air quality, water, housing, labor and economic development.

Supervisors must first serve residents with integrity and high ethical standards and be good stewards of the taxpayer funding they receive. Decision-making should be done for the good of the people, not special interests and politics."

- Debora Allen 




Five supervisor hopefuls name housing, homelessness and crime as top priorities 




Allen is a small business owner and accountant with a focus on data driven decision making.

A strong supporter of public safety, she wants to see a unified effort between law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the fire department and mental health services. She believes mental health teams are a valuable adjunct to police services but should not be a replacement to trained officers as first responders.

She says Contra Costa County should be the job center for the entire region. “Attracting, retaining and supporting ­businesses in our county is critical to generating new jobs.”

Jobs, housing and transportation are all part of a “three legged stool,” she said in an email to the Pioneer. They must progress together. “Imbalance of one makes the stool fall over.”

She calls for more fiscal oversight and transparency and a modernization of county systems. “This means laying the plans for streamlining services with new technology for future budget savings.”


January 21, 2022






BART Director Debora Allen announces candidacy for District 4 Contra Costa County Supervisor 2022


December 18, 2021


“I’m excited to take this important step in my fight to improve the quality of life of all Contra Costa residents,” said Allen, a 35-year Contra Costa resident. “I believe my close scrutiny of government spending, my background as a business owner and my experience fighting for fiscal transparency and stability for the region’s largest transportation agency make me uniquely qualified to serve as county supervisor. I’m looking forward to the upcoming campaign and the June primary.”

 Allen was first elected as Board Director for BART District 1 in 2016 and easily won re-election in 2020, besting her nearest opponent by 75,000 votes. Her willingness to stand up for suburban taxpayers and fight for quality-of-life improvements for transit riders – including station hardening, a ban on panhandling, and tougher crime and fare evasion enforcement – often put her at odds with the urban city-backed majority on the board.

Allen was instrumental in the creation and development of the Office of BART Inspector General and serves as the first Chair of the Standing BART Audit Committee, important steps in eliminating wasteful spending practices at the transportation agency.

If elected supervisor, she would bring that same tenacity, accountability and common-sense approach to government spending to the county board. Allen says that as supervisor her priorities would include public safety, regional transportation issues, improved mental health services and the efficient use of taxpayer money. Though a supporter of new housing, she would also fight to bring new jobs to the county in order to improve the overall jobs-housing balance.